C.J. Watson has gone from backing up one of the best point guards in the game to backing up one of the best point guards in the game.
With the Bulls the past couple seasons, Watson has inked a deal with the Nets to back up Deron Williams, according to Stephan Bondy of the New York Daily News. This was expected and is reportedly a two-year deal at the veteran minimum.
Watson played a backup role for the Bull behind Rose but started 25 games in his absence last season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.6 assists per game. He’s not the most efficient player out there — he shot just 36.8 percent overall but did hit 39 percent from three, and his turnover rate was a little high — but as a backup he is a good fit. He’s aggressive and the fans of Brooklyn will like him.
Meanwhile, the Bulls “Bench Mob” gets a little weaker.
Hassan Whiteside defends himself when questions about his maturity early in his career with the Kings arise:
“That was a long time ago,” Whiteside said. “If they want to think about things that happened four, five years ago, that’s up to them.
“I don’t think it’s something that should follow me, but I really don’t know right now. That was years ago. Things didn’t work out in Sacramento. I worked my way to get back here. I could’ve easily gave up and went back home and just chilled. But I put in the work, and I feel like I’m a hard worker or I wouldn’t be here.”
But then he does something like this.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.